SEA TO SHINING SEA: A sweet ride through Yellowstone

A fly fishermen works the waters of the Madison River, beneath one of Yellowstone National Park's dramatic stone formations. BY DENNIS FORNEY
June 19, 2013

DAY 36 – Fly fishing across America. We started the day in West Yellowstone, a gateway resort town on the western edge of Yellowstone National Park. It was in the 30s when we started riding at about 7:30 a.m. but the day warmed quickly. Between fly fishermen on the Madison River, buffalo on the roadways, geyser fields and Old Faithful, and a touring rider making his way from Harlingen, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, this was our most dynamic day since we started our trip. Yellowstone, designated in 1872 by President U.S. Grant as the nation's – and the world's – first national park, lived up to its billing as a spectacular park.

(If Wyoming history interests you, read my Barefootin' column in this Friday's Cape Gazette – also on line at You'll learn about the Milton, Delaware native who helped Grant with his presidential campaign, received appointments in the Wyoming territory, wrote the legislation for Wyoming statehood, and went on to be the state's first US Senator and eventually governor.)

We ended the day in Grant Village which we're guessing was named in honor of President Grant. Today we logged 55 miles, averaging about 9.4 mph with a total of 3,587 feet of ascent. Our total is now 1,419 miles.

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Here are some photographs from Yellowstone.